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Old 01-11-2012, 20:18
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This is the thread to record details of and discuss local, national and international radio coverage of all sports other than football.
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Old 01-11-2012, 20:20
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I'm going to start this thread in the same way I did the previous two corresponding threads, by posting the links to Radio Sports Commentators and Reporters threads from previous seasons as a means of reference:

Sports commentators and reporters 2008-09 (non-football)
Radio Sports Commentators and Reporters 2009-10 (non-football)
Radio Sports Commentators and Reporters 2010/11 (non-football)
The 2011 Rugby World Cup Coverage Thread
Radio Sports Commentators and Reporters 2011/12 (non-football)
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Old 01-11-2012, 20:58
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To start the new thread off, here is an accumulation of talkSPORT's reporters on all sports other than football during September and October.

talkSPORT

Saturday 15th September

Rugby Union: Premiership
Saracens v Leicester Tigers (Wembley Stadium) - Simon Ward

Sunday 16th September

Rugby Union: Premiership
London Welsh v Exeter Chiefs - Russell Hargreaves

Great North Run
Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields - Graham Courtney

Friday 21st September

Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 Group A
England v Afghanistan - Jack Bannister

Saturday 22nd September

Rugby Union: Premiership
London Irish v Bath - Simon Ward

Sunday 23rd September

Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 Group A
India v England - Jack Bannister

Formula 1: Singapore Grand Prix
Marina Bay Street Circuit - Ian Danter

Thursday 27th September

Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 Group E
West Indies v England - Jack Bannister

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September

Golf: Ryder Cup 2012
Medinah Country Club, Illinois - Rupert Bell and Bob Bubka

Saturday 29th September

Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 Group E
New Zealand v England - Jack Bannister

Rugby Union: Premiership
Bath v Sale Sharks - Simon Ward

Sunday 30th September

Rugby Union: Premiership
Harlequins v Saracens - Russell Hargreaves

Monday 1st October

Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 Group E
Sri Lanka v England - Jack Bannister

Thursday 4th October

Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 Semi-Final
Sri Lanka v Pakistan - Jack Bannister

Friday 5th October

Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 Semi-Final
West Indies v Australia - Jack Bannister

Saturday 6th October

Rugby Union: Premiership
Gloucester v Bath - Simon Ward

Sunday 7th October

Cricket: ICC World Twenty20 Final
Sri Lanka v West Indies - Jack Bannister

Formula 1: Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka Circuit - Geoff Peters

Saturday 13th October

Rugby Union: Heineken Cup Pool 5
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs - Russell Hargreaves

Sunday 14th October

Rugby Union: Heineken Cup Pool 4
Northampton Saints v Glasgow Warriors - Russell Hargreaves

Formula 1: Korean Grand Prix
Korea International Circuit - Graham Courtney

Sunday 21st October

Rugby Union: Heineken Cup Pool 2
Leicester Tigers v Ospreys - Russell Hargreaves

Saturday 27th October

Rugby Union: Premiership
Northampton Saints v Saracens - Laurence Mora

Sunday 28th October

Formula 1: Indian Grand Prix
Buddh International Circuit - Geoff Peters

American Football: NFL International Series
New England Patriots @ St. Louis Rams (Wembley Stadium) - Ian Danter

talkSPORT have been providing reports on a number of NFL games during their overnight show Extra Time, with them typically calling upon US local newspaper journalists or experts for some/most of the Thursday, Sunday and Monday night games, but I don't listen to that show very often so I don't have those details I'm afraid.
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Old 04-11-2012, 15:32
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BBC Bristol / Somerset

Richard Hoskin (studio host)

London Welsh V Bath (Aviva Premiership RU) - Andrew Sheridan and Tom Bradshaw (95.5FM / 104.6FM / Online)
Nottingham V Bristol (RFU Championship) - Andy Champion and Mark Hoskins (1548MW / DAB / Online)
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:26
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Media Guardian reports:

TalkSport snaps up radio rights to Lions' Australia tour
The Guardian - 55 minutes ago
TalkSport has beaten the BBC to snap up the exclusive live radio rights to the British and Irish Lions rugby union tour to Australia next year.

Although, the link to the page isn't working as I post this message: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012...australia-tour
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Old 05-11-2012, 18:24
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Again, the link isn't working but I've managed to partially construct more of the article....
TalkSport will broadcast all three test matches and the warm-up games, beginning with a match against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on 1 June.

This is the first time the commercial station has had the exclusive rights to a Lions tour, which take place every four years and are traditionally broadcast by the BBC on Radio 5 Live as well as BBC Radio Wales, Scotland and Ulster.
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Old 05-11-2012, 19:44
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Thanks very much for passing on the news 4-4-2. I'm delighted to hear talkSPORT will be doing commentary on the British & Irish Lions tour next summer, I've been hoping they would secure rights to the tour ever since they covered last year's Rugby World Cup.

Their coverage in New Zealand was excellent with them having the scope to cover the tournament in far more detail than BBC Radio ever had done in the past, and I think their coverage of the Lions tour to Australia will be comparable to that both in terms of hours broadcast and games covered. I'm pleased to read that they will be covering all of the tour matches rather than just the three tests, presumably every game of the tour will be live on analogue radio. Due to their remit, in the recent past only test matches have been fully covered on 5 Live with most tour games on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra (cricket commitments permitting), so clearly the analogue platform talkSPORT are able to offer is a real upgrade on that.

I expect talkSPORT's coverage team will be similar to the one we heard in New Zealand - their main commentary trio of John Taylor, Brian Moore and David Campese could return with Mark Saggers, Mike Bovill and Andrew McKenna in the presenting and reporting roles. Also, with the games taking place in morning timeslots our time and with Richard Keys and Andy Gray usually taking a leave of absence from their mid-morning show during the close football season - could the 10am-1pm weekday slot be given over to a specific Lions programme during June, perhaps hosted by Saggers and Moore? That would be a good move in my opinion.
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Old 05-11-2012, 19:54
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Have Media Guardian made a mistake with this story, and therefore removed it, or have they just posted a day too early? Is the official announcement due tomorrow?

Assuming that the story is correct I think this is likely to affect Radio Wales more than 5 Live, as they usually treat a Lions tour similar to a Wales international series. A Lions tour is a big event for broadcasters in Wales, where rugby is the national sport.
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Old 05-11-2012, 19:56
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Sunday 4th November - BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

5 Live NFL with Darren Fletcher (in London)

American Football: NFL Week Nine
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Giants - Bob Papa and Carl Banks, with Howard Cross on the sidelines (9.25pm GMT commentary provided by WFAN 660AM - "The WFAN Giants Radio Network")
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Old 05-11-2012, 19:57
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Monday 5th November - Free Radio 80s

Tom Ross presented The Goalzone's Sports Bar from the Hawthorns, with Ian Taylor, Dave Allen and Steve Beaton in the Brindley Place studios

PDC Grand Slam of Darts 2012 Draw - conducted by Ian Taylor, overseen by PDC media officer Dave Allen

Tom Ross was hosting his end of the programme from the Hawthorns as he is to be commentating on West Bromwich Albion v Southampton from there this evening.
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Old 05-11-2012, 21:54
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ATP World Tour Finals - BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

Day 1

Murray v Berdych - Alastair Eykyn, Barry Flatman + David Law

Djokovic v Tsonga - David Law, Miles MacLagen + Alastair Eykyn
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:05
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Like the Difference I'm glad TS have the right to the Lions next summer and look forward to their coverage.

is there any update on the tour to India coverage (cricket) yet? last I read the BCCI were still holding out for the £50,000 extra they wanted. sky are going to use commentators commentating from the UK rather than paying the extra money. according to the article I read, the BBC were riluctant to do off-tube coverage due to the fact that this is already provided by some website called Test Match Sofa. I'm not sure if there is any truth to that by the way, it was in the Mail after all!
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Old 06-11-2012, 20:10
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Hi Steve, it's been confirmed that Test Match Special will be in India for the series.
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Old 06-11-2012, 20:44
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ATP World Tour Finals - BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

Day 2

Marray/Nielsen v Bhupathi/Bopanna - Jonathan Overend, Colin Fleming + Russell Fuller
Federer v Tipsarevic - David Law, Neil Harman + Russell Fuller

Ferrer v Del Potro - Jonathan Overend, James Auckland, Miles MacLagan + Nick Lester
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:03
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CONFIRMED: talkSPORT has signed an agreement to broadcast exclusive UK radio commentary of the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour of Australia.

Full press release:

talkSPORT TO BROADCAST EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF 2013 BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS RUGBY TOUR

All 10 matches live and exclusive to listeners in the UK

talkSPORT, the world’s biggest sports radio station, has signed an agreement to broadcast exclusive UK radio commentary of the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour of Australia. The station will broadcast all 10 British & Irish Lions matches, including the three Tests against Australia and the warm up match in Hong Kong against the Barbarians, on a multiplatform basis across 1089 / 1053AM, digital radio and online at talkSPORT.co.uk. This will be the first time ever that a Lions tour has been exclusively broadcast on commercial radio in the UK.

talkSPORT’s sister station Swansea Sound in South Wales will also be broadcasting coverage of the Tour and live Test commentary.

The first 2013 British & Irish Lions match is against the Barbarians on Saturday 1 June and the Tour to Australia begins with the cream of British and Irish rugby taking on Western Force on Wednesday 5 June. The 2013 Tour continues until Saturday 6 July with the third and final Test against Australia in Sydney.

talkSPORT was the exclusive UK radio broadcaster of the 2011 Rugby World Cup and is an official broadcaster of Aviva Premiership Rugby. The station has a dedicated weekly rugby programme ‘Full Contact’ and previously broadcast commentary of the three Test matches during the 2005 Lions Tour to New Zealand on a non-exclusive basis in the UK. talkSPORT is also an official broadcaster of the FA Cup, England football internationals, the Capital One Cup and is global audio partner of the Barclays Premier League.

Moz Dee, talkSPORT Programme Director, said: “The Lions Tour is one of the biggest events in sport, and we’re proud to be bringing this exclusively to our audience. We had a great Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and we can’t wait to follow the Lions in Australia. talkSPORT will be announcing a great team to cover the Tour and we’re delighted that our sister station Swansea Sound will also be broadcasting the Tests and giving our coverage a regional flavour.”

Scott Taunton, talkSPORT Chief Executive, said: “UTV Media (GB) continues to invest in talkSPORT, and we’re delighted that the station will broadcast this event exclusively as it offers advertisers and sponsors a unique opportunity both nationally and regionally. Our commitment to rugby has been consistent after the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and our partnership with the Aviva Premiership.”

John Feehan, Lions Chief Executive, said: “talkSPORT has become a major force in UK sports radio with proven experience in live rugby broadcasting. It’s proper that the Lions Tour in its 125th year looks for dynamic new partners that benefit both our sponsors and fans and we’re extremely pleased to be working with talkSPORT.”
Richard Keys and Andy Gray are currently interviewing Brian Moore and Lewis Moody on-air - from what was said and inferred, Moore is likely to be involved with coverage.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:33
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Media Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012...our?CMP=twt_fd

TalkSport snaps up radio rights to Lions' Australia tour

Station follows Rugby World Cup coup by beating BBC to exclusive rights to a British and Irish Lions tour for the first time

TalkSport has beaten the BBC to snap up the exclusive live radio rights to the British and Irish Lions rugby union tour to Australia next year.

This is the first time the commercial station has had the exclusive rights to a Lions tour, which take place every four years and are traditionally broadcast by the BBC on Radio 5 Live as well as BBC Radio Wales, Scotland and Ulster.

The move marks a further blow to the BBC's live radio coverage of rugby union. TalkSport also had exclusive rights to last year's Rugby World Cup, breaking the BBC's monopoly of live coverage of the event since 1987.

UTV-owned TalkSport, which has just more than 3 million listeners a week, has been rapidly expanding its portfolio of sports rights in the last few years.

The station has chipped away at 5 Live's dominance of live Premier League football and now broadcasts 64 games a season (compared with the BBC's 128, down from 192 a couple of years ago). It also has the rights to broadcast live Premier League football worldwide outside of Europe.

TalkSport programme director Moz Dee said the Lions tour was "one of the biggest events in sport, and we're proud to be bringing this exclusively to our audience. We had a great rugby World Cup in New Zealand and we can't wait to follow the Lions in Australia".

The Lions tour is the first to Australia since 2001 and will take place in June and July 2013.

TalkSport will broadcast all three Test matches and the warm-up games, beginning with a match against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on 1 June and ending with the third test in Sydney on 6 July.

UTV will also broadcast the Tests on its south Wales station, Swansea Sound.

Lions chief executive John Feehan described TalkSport as a "major force in UK sports radio with proven experience in live rugby broadcasting. It's proper that the Lions tour in its 125th year looks for dynamic new partners that benefit both our sponsors and fans and we're extremely pleased to be working with TalkSport".
Will this be the first time that all warm-up games will be broadcast on radio? Have 5 Live (& Sports Extra) done it in the past?
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:54
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Will this be the first time that all warm-up games will be broadcast on radio? Have 5 Live (& Sports Extra) done it in the past?
I'm not sure, Radio Wales did a couple in the past IIRC
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Old 07-11-2012, 14:33
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Will this be the first time that all warm-up games will be broadcast on radio? Have 5 Live (& Sports Extra) done it in the past?
All of the warm-up games for the 2005 Lions tour of New Zealand were broadcast on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra (although I think the game played in Cardiff against Argentina might have been on Radio 5 Live), with commentary of all three test matches from those tours on both Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT.

During the 2009 tour of South Africa, many of the warm-up games kicked off at 6pm our time, so the BBC opted to put second half commentary of the midweek tour games on Radio 5 Live during the 5 Live Sport strand from 7pm, however they didn't cover the first half of those games even on Sports Extra (I'm not sure if this was to do with cricket commitments, but I seem to recall that station being unused when certain matches were taking place). They may have covered some of the weekend warm-up games in full though.

There was no Radio 5 Live Sports Extra prior to 2002, so while I don't know this for sure I doubt BBC Radio would have fully covered all of the warm-up games from any Lions tour prior to 2005. talkSPORT held joint commentary rights to the Lions tour of Australia in 2001 (something that the station's press release seems to have forgotten!), however as was the case in 2005 they only carried commentary on the three test matches and just did reports on all of the other tour games. I've no idea what the various BBC Nations stations have done in the past, but I imagine 2013 will be the first time that full commentary on every game of a Lions tour will be live on UK-wide analogue radio.

Good to have confirmation that talkSPORT have secured the rights to the British & Irish Lions tour a few days after Media Guardian appeared to have accidentally broken the embargo on the announcement. The only real addition to what 4-4-2 had managed to gather on Monday is that Swansea Sound will also be carrying commentary on the test matches, which is an interesting development.

For one thing, it is interesting that talkSPORT have been able to gain add-on rights for Swansea Sound for the Lions tour but didn't/weren't able to do so for last year's Rugby World Cup. I wonder if this will have an impact on BBC Radio Cyrmu's ability to gain rights to the Lions tour, as they were able to for New Zealand 2011 unlike the other BBC Nations stations.

I presume it will be a case of Swansea Sound simulcasting talkSPORT's commentaries on the three test matches as this would seem the most logical and cost effective option. However, I wonder if we might see a Welsh voice sent out to Australia (on top of John Taylor should he travel to commentate on his third Lions tour for talkSPORT) to report specifically for that station - seeing as UTV Radio sent a specific Irish correspondent to cover the Republic of Ireland in Euro 2012 for their Irish radio stations. Roger Hughes did an excellent job as talkSPORT's man in the Wales camp during the Rugby World Cup and this could open up an opportunity for him to travel out to Australia.
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Old 07-11-2012, 14:43
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In light of BBC Radio's difficulty in reaching an agreeement with the BCCI to allow the Test Match Special team to broadcast England's tour of India from the stadiums, New Zealand's Radio Sport have announced they will not be doing commentary on the Black Caps' tour of Sri Lanka for similar cost reasons. Their planned coverage of New Zealand's forthcoming tours of South Africa and England is unaffected though.

Radio Sport has pulled the plug on live commentaries of New Zealand's two tests in Sri Lanka this month because of the skyrocketing cost of purchasing the rights.

It means a major cricket tour won't be broadcast live on New Zealand radio for the first time in recent memory.

The Radio Network's general manager of talk, Dallas Gurney, confirmed listeners would only receive regular studio updates of the tests in Galle, starting on November 17, and Colombo from November 25.

Veteran commentator Bryan Waddle, a regular on New Zealand tours for the past 25 years, will remain at home.

"We were unable to come to an agreement regarding the rights for the Sri Lankan tour. They were too expensive, basically," Gurney said.

He said it was a disappointing outcome, but the price Sri Lanka's board was asking "wasn't cost effective" for the network.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White was told of the decision on Thursday. He said The Radio Network was put in a difficult position.

"My understanding is what they were being requested to pay was significantly more than they've ever had to pay before. It was very challenging for them commercially," he said.

"Our tour just recently to India was reasonable and not an issue, and it was covered. I don't know why in this instance it's so expensive and, hopefully, it's just a one-off."

When asked whether NZ Cricket offered financial support, White said: "It's a lot of money, way above anything they'd done before."

White planned to raise the issue at an ICC chief executives' meeting in Dubai next month and hoped that this was a one-off.

Gurney moved to allay fears that live radio commentaries of overseas tours would fade away.

"We've still got South Africa to come [in December-January] and Bryan Waddle will be going to South Africa.

"We've pretty much got the rights sorted for that. And England after that, we'll have ball-by-ball coverage of that tour as well."

Meanwhile, White confirmed NZ Cricket had pulled its funding for live internet streaming of Plunket Shield commentaries this season.

The Radio Network was flooded by complaints from listeners last year when it ceased commentaries from Plunket Shield venues, a popular feature of its summer programming in years past.

NZ Cricket stepped in earlier this year to pay for live internet streaming of commentaries, but White confirmed that that had stopped.
Article from: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/cricket...-test-coverage
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Old 07-11-2012, 17:33
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Thanks very much for passing on the news 4-4-2. I'm delighted to hear talkSPORT will be doing commentary on the British & Irish Lions tour next summer, I've been hoping they would secure rights to the tour ever since they covered last year's Rugby World Cup.

Their coverage in New Zealand was excellent with them having the scope to cover the tournament in far more detail than BBC Radio ever had done in the past, and I think their coverage of the Lions tour to Australia will be comparable to that both in terms of hours broadcast and games covered. I'm pleased to read that they will be covering all of the tour matches rather than just the three tests, presumably every game of the tour will be live on analogue radio. Due to their remit, in the recent past only test matches have been fully covered on 5 Live with most tour games on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra (cricket commitments permitting), so clearly the analogue platform talkSPORT are able to offer is a real upgrade on that.

I expect talkSPORT's coverage team will be similar to the one we heard in New Zealand - their main commentary trio of John Taylor, Brian Moore and David Campese could return with Mark Saggers, Mike Bovill and Andrew McKenna in the presenting and reporting roles. Also, with the games taking place in morning timeslots our time and with Richard Keys and Andy Gray usually taking a leave of absence from their mid-morning show during the close football season - could the 10am-1pm weekday slot be given over to a specific Lions programme during June, perhaps hosted by Saggers and Moore? That would be a good move in my opinion.
I thought Talksport did a good job in the RWC, but Mark Saggers was out of his depth. He came across as someone who had spent most of his time covering soccer, and was often pulled up by others for banal and inaccurate comments.

Talksport must have an anchor for the Lions tour who knows their rugby inside out. One figure stands out, and that is John Inverdale. They should engage him as anchorman.
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:22
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I thought Talksport did a good job in the RWC, but Mark Saggers was out of his depth. He came across as someone who had spent most of his time covering soccer, and was often pulled up by others for banal and inaccurate comments.

Talksport must have an anchor for the Lions tour who knows their rugby inside out. One figure stands out, and that is John Inverdale. They should engage him as anchorman.
As SouthCity has pointed out to you in another thread on this, it is highly unlikely John Inverdale would be available given his BBC and ITV4 tennis commitments next summer, but in any event I don't think talkSPORT need to bring a new face in temporarily when they already have a couple of good rugby union anchormen on their books.

I agree with you that Mark Saggers was the weak link of talkSPORT's Rugby World Cup coverage, but their secondary live game host in New Zealand Mike Bovill was in my opinion one of the standout successes of their coverage and would have been my choice to be their lead anchorman. Andrew McKenna, Mike's successor as the host of weekly rugby union magazine show Full Contact, has also gotten off to a good start as the presenter of that programme and would be equally capable of heading up talkSPORT's coverage from Australia.

That said, I suspect they will go with Mark Saggers as their main presenter as he seems to be the man Moz Dee trusts with the biggest live events the station has rights to. In fairness to Saggers, he has reigned in his angry, shouty shtick since the RWC and his stewardship of both talkSPORT's Euro 2012 and Olympics coverage was a return to form for him, he was as good in Ukraine and Stratford as he was bad in New Zealand, so hopefully if he does get the nod he'll sound more calm and clued up on the sport.
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Old 08-11-2012, 20:46
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Meanwhile, White confirmed NZ Cricket had pulled its funding for live internet streaming of Plunket Shield commentaries this season.

The Radio Network was flooded by complaints from listeners last year when it ceased commentaries from Plunket Shield venues, a popular feature of its summer programming in years past.

NZ Cricket stepped in earlier this year to pay for live internet streaming of commentaries, but White confirmed that that had stopped.


I hope this isn't going to be the case for the LV championship I know Sports Extra are doing one game a round but what if you want a choice or you follow a different county from the one featured
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Old 09-11-2012, 00:39
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As SouthCity has pointed out to you in another thread on this, it is highly unlikely John Inverdale would be available given his BBC and ITV4 tennis commitments next summer, but in any event I don't think talkSPORT need to bring a new face in temporarily when they already have a couple of good rugby union anchormen on their books.

I agree with you that Mark Saggers was the weak link of talkSPORT's Rugby World Cup coverage, but their secondary live game host in New Zealand Mike Bovill was in my opinion one of the standout successes of their coverage and would have been my choice to be their lead anchorman. Andrew McKenna, Mike's successor as the host of weekly rugby union magazine show Full Contact, has also gotten off to a good start as the presenter of that programme and would be equally capable of heading up talkSPORT's coverage from Australia.

That said, I suspect they will go with Mark Saggers as their main presenter as he seems to be the man Moz Dee trusts with the biggest live events the station has rights to. In fairness to Saggers, he has reigned in his angry, shouty shtick since the RWC and his stewardship of both talkSPORT's Euro 2012 and Olympics coverage was a return to form for him, he was as good in Ukraine and Stratford as he was bad in New Zealand, so hopefully if he does get the nod he'll sound more calm and clued up on the sport.
Well, if it is Saggers I hope he continues in the sucessful vein you described. He just came across as being someone who wasn't that interested in rugby union at the last RWC, and managed to walk into problems with his colleagues. Needs to remember that ex rugby players who get involved with the media are a different breed to ex soccer stars, and to develop a genuine feel for the game. And understanding the laws would also be useful.....
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Old 09-11-2012, 20:21
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Meanwhile, White confirmed NZ Cricket had pulled its funding for live internet streaming of Plunket Shield commentaries this season.

The Radio Network was flooded by complaints from listeners last year when it ceased commentaries from Plunket Shield venues, a popular feature of its summer programming in years past.

NZ Cricket stepped in earlier this year to pay for live internet streaming of commentaries, but White confirmed that that had stopped.


I hope this isn't going to be the case for the LV championship I know Sports Extra are doing one game a round but what if you want a choice or you follow a different county from the one featured
I wouldn't have thought this would be the case after the decisions taken earlier this year - if anything, it seems to be the consensus that the decision to let Radio 5 Live Sports Extra simulcast BBC Local Radio commentaries on county cricket has safeguarded their future, as this has helped to justify the costs of doing them on a local level while expanding BBC Radio's commitment to covering "minority sport" on a national level. It's also worth remembering that most BBC Local Radio/BBC Sport website county cricket commentaries are joint ventures between both the two BBC Local Radio stations and the two counties concerned in each match, with some of the commentaries also being carried by the relevant county's website, so it's a case of a number of parties pulling in the same direction. Hopefully this service will continue well into the future.
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Old 09-11-2012, 20:48
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Some sad news to report - ESPN Radio's NBA commentator Jim Durham died aged 65 last weekend. Durham was the joint TV and radio voice of the Chicago Bulls throughout the 1970s and 1980s, getting to cover the great team with Michael Jordan (he famously called "The Shot") with his final season with the Bulls being their first championship win in 1991. He also covered the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA and the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros in baseball and would periodically cover games from the MLB Playoffs for ESPN Radio upon joining them as their main NBA voice when they won the league's national radio contract in 1996. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last year.

Durham was still ESPN Radio's lead regular season NBA commentator and secondary postseason voice at the time of his death, with his final game being their season opener between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics on Halloween. He called that game with his regular co-commentator throughout his ESPN Radio tenure, Dr. Jack Ramsey, with them being close friends to the point that when ESPN Radio decided to bring Mike Tirico (their TV voice for the NBA and Monday Night Football) in to do the NBA Finals in 2007, Ramsey was planning to retire, although he was persuaded to continue on - on the condition that he would be working with Durham - for regular season and playoff games up to the Western Conference Finals. Together they covered the 1996-2006, 2010 and 2012 NBA Finals for ESPN Radio.

ESPN have a detailed obituary of Jim Durham on their website: http://espn.go.com/boston/nba/story/...spn-radio-dies
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